A major report submitted to Secretary of State John Kerry making the case that genocide is being waged against Christians in the Middle East was released today by the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians at a news conference at the National Press Club.The Knights of Columbus has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere® Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.The Knights of Columbus has welcomed the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s unanimous passage of a resolution that would express Congress's judgment that the Islamic State's targeting of Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen, Kurds and other ethnic minorities constitutes "genocide."Councils can strengthen Catholic family life through our prayer program and consecration to the Holy FamilyA mini football “combine” was held over the weekend in Indianapolis for Special Olympics athletes to experience a series of drills and activities similar to those performed by athletes simultaneously participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.During Lent, Knights are encouraged to share what their councils are doing in response to Pope Francis’ call to grow in faith by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.A new online petition is urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry not to exclude Christians from a declaration of genocide at the hands ISIS. Co-sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the Knights of Columbus, the petition can be signed at StopTheChristianGenocide.orgChristians in the Middle East continue to face persecution and extinction simply for their belief in Jesus Christ. Their fate, however, has largely been ignored by the secular media.The Knights of Columbus is asking those considering a Lenten sacrifice to give “40 Bucks for Lent” and use the hashtag #40BucksForLent to help Middle Eastern Christians and other religious minorities suffering religious persecution there.On the Monday prior to Super Bowl Sunday, California Knights of Columbus and representatives from the Supreme Council joined Football Hall of Famers Anthony Muñoz (Cincinnati Bengals) and Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders), Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda, and several current NFL players and coaches to distribute coats to the students at an inn […]In 1924, Jim Crow laws were still enforced in many parts of the United States and the Ku Klux Klan was experiencing resurgence. Martin Luther King Jr. had not yet been born, and the Civil Rights Act would not be enacted for another 40 years. Nonetheless, it was the year in which the Knights of Columbus commissioned and published a landmark history of black A […]The Order is expanding efforts to strengthen the domestic church and our parishesAs brother Knights, our claim is not simply hyperbole: We know that our beloved founder lived a virtuous and holy life. We hope and pray that he will be raised to the dignity of the altar.Over the course of the last 133 years, the products and protection offered by the Knights of Columbus have grown to meet changing needs.Supreme Knight Carl Anderson joined Connecticut Knights as well as firefighters and police from New Haven, Conn., to give out new winter coats to children in need at John S. Martinez Magnet School.One year after Pope Francis made his historic visit to the Philippines in January 2015, the Asian nation is hosting another major Vatican event with the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City.Record comes during the same year the Knights topped $100 billion of live insurance in force.Knights among the thousands of participants who braved the winter storm and attended the 2016 March for Life.Supreme Knight announces membership milestone and addresses future path for the OrderNew Marist Poll shows majority of Americans, including pro-choice supporters, want restrictions on abortions.In 1924, Jim Crow laws were still enforced in many parts of the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. was not yet born, and the height of the civil rights movement wouldn’t be for another 40 years. Nonetheless, it was at this time that the Knights of Columbus commissioned and published The Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America by famous ci […]The Illinois Department of Insurance has issued Bulletin 2015-13 in response to recent severe flooding that has impacted many policyholders in the counties of Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Alexander, Cass, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Douglas, Iroquois, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Richland, Sangamon […]Strengthening collaboration with parishes will allow K of C councils to better serve young peopleThe Knights of Columbus is known throughout the world for its charitable giving and its tireless service to the Church.A career as a Knights of Columbus field agent may very well be the most rewarding, fulfilling and unique opportunity that you’ll ever come across.A new nationwide survey conducted by Marist Poll finds that Americans are well aware of ISIS’ atrocities against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, and believe those actions to constitute genocide.Major league baseball’s Craig Stammen, a member of the Knights of Columbus Sports Council, was honored recently by Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) during its fifth annual Courage Awards reception to recognize for his distinguished athletic achievement and also for boldly sharing the Catholic faith.Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a private audience at the Vatican on Dec. 17. It was the fourth such audience granted by Pope Francis to the supreme knight at the Apostolic Palace.A new documentary illustrating how St. John Paul II was a driving force in liberating Central and Eastern Europe from communist rule, inspiring a “revolution of conscience” that was pivotal in the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989, made its national debut on Dec. 6 with a special screening at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, a cultural hub for the city’s […]In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson today provided four policy recommendations to address the on-going crisis of Christian and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq.Thank you for the opportunity to appear before this subcommittee and discuss the Knights of Columbus humanitarian aid programs. Over the course of the past year, our programs have helped feed, heal, shelter and educate many thousands of desperate Christians in church-run camps or other private places of refuge in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.The opening Mass for the Jubilee of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, held Dec. 8, was seen around the world in greater clarity than previously possible, thanks to an overhaul of the video equipment used by Vatican Television Centre (CTV) .Christians must not be excluded from a finding of genocide in the Middle East, according to a letter sent today to Secretary of State John Kerry.In an increasingly secular world, many Catholics are faced with the difficulty of sharing the faith. With the bustle of Christmas shopping and the frequent removal of religious imagery from Christmas displays, it seems that communities have forgotten the incredible gift of Christ and the beauty of his birth.On Nov. 20, I delivered the following address at the Order’s midyear organizational meeting of state deputies in San Antonio. I encourage all brother Knights to read and reflect on these remarks, in which I outline key principles for the future growth and work of the Knights of Columbus.I think it is a testament to three things: the quality of our business, the trust our members have in the Knights of Columbus, and our dedicated agents who represent us in the fieldAs many headed out to shop on the day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of area children received a free and much-needed gift as the Knights of Columbus distributed new winter coats to children in need at six sites throughout Connecticut on Black Friday, Nov. 27.The Knights of Columbus supported a food distribution program led by New Haven-based ministry His Divine Fellowship on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Wexler-Grant Community School.The Knights of Columbus has donated $20,000 to assist the Connecticut Food Bank in providing Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need.What a pleasure to celebrate the beautiful feast of Christ the King with all of you, the family of the Knights of Columbus. For our knighthood is at the service of Jesus Christ, our great king and shepherd, and our gallant service seeks to advance not an earthly kingdom but rather a kingdom “not of this world,” the kingdom of God. Let us then hasten to make […]Supreme Knight announces membership milestone and addresses future path for the OrderThanks to marvelous innovations in medical technology, and advances in living and working conditions, many of us will enjoy long, prosperous lives. With average life expectancies on the rise, there’s a lot to be grateful for and look forward to.Before you think about how you and your family would use life insurance, how your council members can benefit from our insurance program, or what products and options you would need, there’s a more basic question that needs to be answered: Why do the Knights of Columbus care about life insurance?Historic Milestones for K of C InsuranceOver the course of the last 132 years, the products and protection offered by the Knights of Columbus to members and their families have grown to meet changing needs.A career with the Knights of Columbus could be the missing piece for your peace of mind.I think it is a testament to three things: the quality of our business, the trust our members have in the Knights of Columbus, and our dedicated agents who represent us in the field.The Christian family must be supported in its vital role in the life and mission of the ChurchA new documentary film narrated by actor Jim Caviezel offers original insights into the details, story and impact of the 16th century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe — one of the most recognizable religious icons in the American hemisphere.Insurance for Young KnightsIn one of the most anticipated speeches of Pope Francis during his apostolic visit to the United States, the Holy Father addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations Friday morning, Sept. 25. With more than 190 heads of state in attendance, he discussed a wide range of issues affecting governments throughout the world.Attendees of Father Junipero Serra’s canonization at the papal Mass in Washington on Wednesday each received a bilingual booklet with two essays on the new saint that explain Serra, dispel myths about him and correctly depict portions of California's history that are wrongly placed at his feet of the Spanish missionaries.With Pope Francis arriving for his first apostolic voyage to the United States, the Knights of Columbus is providing support at each location he visits in solidarity with the Holy Father.With Pope Francis making his first apostolic journey to the United States, Sept. 22-27, the Knights of Columbus has been laboring for months to help provide a gracious welcome in each location where the Holy Father will appear – Washington, D.C.; New York; and Philadelphia.As September begins, the Knights of Columbus unveils a new television commercial and is financing the delivery of one month’s supply of food to more than 13,500 displaced families from Mosul and Nineveh who fled to the Erbil area in Kurdistan.There are few things in life that are harder to predict than how much money we’ll need in retirement.The Christian family must be supported in its vital role in the life and mission of the ChurchMoments ago, a Court agreed with the Becket Fund that a historical World War II memorial affectionately called “Big Mountain Jesus” by locals can remain standing in the ski slopes near Kalispell, Montana.On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll reveals that practicing Catholics approve of Pope Francis at even higher rates than non-practicing Catholics or Americans in general, and also support Church teaching by much wider margins than other groups.With Pope Francis visiting the United States in just under a month, a newly released Knights of Columbus-Marist poll shows the pope is popular, but largely unknown by the American public.On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll reveals that practicing Catholics approve of Pope Francis at even higher rates than non-practicing Catholics or Americans in general, and also support Church teaching by much wider margins than other groups.With Pope Francis visiting the United States in just under a month, a newly released Knights of Columbus-Marist poll shows the pope is popular, but largely unknown by the American public.Citing the Knights of Columbus' strong presence in Catholic communities and its members' loyalty, ratings agency A.M. Best reaffirmed the K of C’s rating of A++ (Superior) for financial strength. The rating agency’s announcement marks the 40th consecutive year that the Knights of Columbus earned A.M. Best's highest marks.A newspaper clipping survives that describes the sermon which a Dominican priest delivered at Father McGivney’s funeral Mass. It says that “Father Higgins’ remarks occupied about forty minutes … and many were moved to tears.” If I were to speak for forty minutes this afternoon there would not be tears but desperation.At a Mass marking the 125th anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, Knights and families from throughout Connecticut gathered in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where the Order was founded in 1882.The Knights of Columbus commemorates the 125th anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Michael McGivney with special events and coverage.A Mass to mark the 125th anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and a candidate for sainthood, will be held on Friday, Aug. 14, at noon at St. Mary’s Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven.It’s a well-known fact among Michigan councils and parishes that when there’s charitable work to be done, the Weingartz family can be called on to help.In a letter of papal greeting to the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, Pope Francis expressed his “warm good wishes” to all present.The Knights of Columbus will redouble its humanitarian efforts benefitting persecuted Middle Eastern Christians and begin an education campaign to make their plight better known. The effort is part of the Knights’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund, which has delivered more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minoritie […]In his Annual Report delivered at the 133rd Supreme Convention in Philadelphia, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson noted the Order’s record levels of charity, with over $173 million in donations and over 71.5 million hours of volunteer service.By honoring the places where the Catholic faith first took root in North America, we rediscover our call to be disciples todayOne hundred and thirty three years ago, Father Michael J. McGivney worked to protect Catholic families.The members of the Knights of Columbus are deeply saddened by the death of Cardinal William W. Baum, the former Archbishop of Washington and Apostolic Penitentiary Emeritus, who passed away this week.Having already donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus will expand its efforts even further with a national campaign to raise funds and foster awareness of the terrible suffering of Christians and others in the Middle East.Of the many causes supported by the Knights of Columbus, Special Olympics is one of the most cherished by the Order's members. Since the first Special Olympics games were created in 1968 by fellow Knight Sargent Shriver and his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Knights of Columbus members have been active and devoted supporters.There’s much risk and speculation involved in life these days. With a volatile market and an unsettled economy, there’s too much left to chance.The Church responds to the challenge of secularization with prophetic wisdom regarding marriage, family and the human person$600,000 donated in honor of first Jesuit PopeIn honor of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, the Knights of Columbus is made a $600,000 donation to help save a historic shrine that honors North American Jesuit martyrs and the country’s first Native-American saint.There are special places around the globe where the spiritual history of the world unfolded. These places are holy ground. We think of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, built atop the burial place of our first pope, of Tepeyac Hill where Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared and changed the course of evangelization for an entire hemisphere, and today we think of Auries […]St. Boniface was a natural leader. He was well-educated, well-connected and everyone thought he would stay in his native England to pursue a promising career as a churchman.The call for Knights of Columbus to practice a charity that evangelizes was the message that Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori brought to state deputies and state deputy-elects through their addresses to the 2015 Organizational Meeting of State DeputiesThe Knights of Columbus has grown to new heights in its charitable giving and volunteer hours during 2014, once again answering Pope Francis’ call to reach out to those in need, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told the state deputies and state deputy-elects in his address at the 2015 Organizational Meeting of State Deputies in New Haven.St. Boniface was a natural leader. He was well-educated, well-connected and everyone thought he would stay in his native England to pursue a promising career as a churchman.State leaders from across three continents gathered in New Haven, Conn., on Wednesday for the annual Organizational Meeting of Knights of Columbus State Deputies, being held June 3-7.The World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia (September 22-27, 2015) is expected to attract well in excess of a million people to the City of Brotherly Love. Archbishop Chaput and the Philadelphia archdiocese need volunteers to welcome and assist the many visitors and support the scheduled events.Last month, I had the privilege of participating in an international conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.Knights and their families were among the nearly 25,000 Canadians gathered on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill on May 14 to participate in the country’s 18th annual March for Life.For the third consecutive year, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson joined nearly 200 military veterans, active service personnel and volunteers sponsored through the Archdiocese for the Military Services and Knights of Columbus during the 57th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, May 15-18.American veterans, active duty servicemen and women, and volunteers were urged to treasure the gift of time during homily at the Mass for American Pilgrims at the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes, France, on Friday, May 15.Homily given by Bishop F. Richard Spencer, the Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia in the Archdiocese of Military Services, at the Opening Mass during the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, on Friday, May 15, 2015This Memorial Day weekend, wounded and disabled American military veterans are traveling to Lourdes, France, as part of the 55th International Military Pilgrimage.Thanks to the faith and sacrifice of so many, Catholic institutions have served countless neighbors in needFor most of us, the idea of not working is an exciting one. We relish weekends and vacations. We look forward to holidays and special occasions.At a ceremony held at the University of Notre Dame, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson and the Knights of Columbus were honored with the annual Evangelium Vitae Medal, one of the nation’s most prestigious pro-life awards.Show your support to people discerning the call to priesthood and religious life by standing with the entire Church in observing the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Sunday, April 26, 2015.Scholarship program which funds the education of seminarians preparing to become Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.May it please Your Excellencies, Reverend Fathers, Deacons, my brother knights and ladies, permit me to begin with a special word of thanks to our two bishops: Bishop Spencer who has been such a dedicated brother knight in the many countries in which the ministry of the Archdiocese for Military Services is active as well as our brother knight Bishop Francis […]Today we officially present the charter of St. Andrew Kim Daegon Council No. 16000 and St. Paul Chong Hosang Council No. 16,178. These councils are the first in Korea – in the Archdiocese of Seoul – and they are the first on the mainland of Asia. This is an historic day.In a historic ceremony that signaled the continued international expansion of the Knights of Columbus, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson presented charters for two new councils in Seoul, South Korea. Named for 19th-century Korean martyrs, the new councils are St. Andrew Kim Taegon Council No. 16000 and St. Paul Chong Hasang Council No. 16178.Every four years as the date of the Olympic Games draw near, selected runners carry a flame torch from the site of the old games to the site of the new games. As privileged as these selected torch-bearers are, we as Christians, have a much greater privilege. We, you and I as the selected Baptized, carry the resurrection torch to all people's, giving the […]The Knights of Columbus mourns the death of a great friend, Cardinal Francis E. George, archbishop emeritus of Chicago, who passed away April 17 after a prolonged and heroic bout with cancer.As assisted suicide failed to pass in state legislatures across the country this year, a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus found that a majority of Americans do not support assisted suicide and that strong majorities harbor deep concerns over such proposals.As assisted suicide failed to pass in state legislatures across the country this year, a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus found that a majority of Americans do not support assisted suicide and that strong majorities harbor deep concerns over such proposals.The upcoming canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra is a significant event for the Church in AmericaIn March, the Knights of Columbus was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the second year in a row.The newly created Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors announced today the creation of four faith-based investment solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of Catholic institutions.Most know little or nothing about pending legislation, see serious risks in proposal.